Ink/Stitch Beginner Tutorials

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Tutorial: Import and Open Singer Hoop Templates

Stitch Types




Satin Columns

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • Satin Path Object:
  • Satin Tools:
    • 03:38 Convert Line to Satin Column
    • 04:19 Cut Satin Column
    • 06:07 Flip Satin Column Rails
    • 07:02 Auto-Route Satin Columns
  • Params & Underlay:


Stroke Type Stitches



Visual Commands

  • 00:00 Introduction
  • 00:25 Install Add-Ons
  • Design Commands:
  • Layer Commands
  • Object Commands
    • 02:07 Fill: Starting- and Ending Position
    • 03:39 Auto-Route Satin: Starting- and Ending Position
    • 05:10 Split Satin Column
    • 05:54 Trim
    • 06:53 Stop
    • 07:26 Ignore

Visualize and Export


Additional Tutorials


👉 Project Anonymous Ink/Stitch Tutorials

👉 How to create Keyboard Shortcuts with Inkscape and Ink/Stitch

Ink/Stitch TroubleShooting


👉 Error Messages

Inkscape (Ink/stitch) Embroidery Templates

👉 Import and Open Singer Hoop Templates

Threading the machine

Note: When threading the machine, first fill the bobbin before threading the top thread.

Winding the Bobbin
Threading the Bobbin Thread
Threading the Top Thread


To verify that the machine is threaded properly in the tension discs, do this simple check:

  1. With the presser foot raised, pull the thread towards the back of the machine. You should detect only slight resistance and little or no deflection of the needle.
  2. Now lower the presser foot and again pull the thread towards the back of the machine. This time you should detect a considerable amount of resistance and much more deflection of the needle. If you do not detect the resistance you have miss-threaded the machine and need to re-thread it.

Securing Fabric and Loading Hoop (Fabric, Stabilizer and Hoop)

Securing Fabric in Embroidery Hoop
Preparing the Machine Before Installing the Hoop
Attaching and Removing Embroidery Hoop
Material Selection
Stabilizer and Fabric Hooped Together
Hooped Stabilizer with Fabric Secured on Top (with or without Spray Stabilizer)

Hello world: Machine Sewing

If you have never sewn using an electric sewing machine, we recommend that you take the time to review the following tutorials:

👉 Machine Sewing

Before designing your own images, we recommend that you first learn the setup by stitching one of the many designs that come pre-loaded with the Singer Futura Embroidery Machine.

👉 Getting Started: Design Library Embroidery

Once comfortable with both preparing the fabric for stitching and operating the machine, you can move on to designing and stitching your own images. Since ITP’s version of the Singer Futura software does NOT come equipped with the ability to digitize images for stitching, you will need to do so using Ink/Stitch. Please refer to the following tutorials to get started with Ink/Stitch.

👉 Ink/Stitch Beginner Tutorials

Once you have a design ready for stitching, please refer to the following video to learn how to access your file within the Singer Futura software:

Juki HZL-F600

Note: Instructional DVD Available from Shop Staff


Machine Operation


Replacing the Needle


Bobbin Thread Preparation


Threading the Needle

Note: Make sure the presser foot life is up when threading the machine as this will allow for the thread to pass through the tension disks.


Straight Stitch


Automatic Lock Stitch & Thread Trimming


Overcasting Stitch


Buttonhole Stitches


Decorative Stitches






Save & Recall


Patchwork Quilt



Straight Stitch (with Walking Foot)


Free Motion


Random Patterns


Singer 4432 Heavy Duty

Overview of machine



Threading the needle

Note: Make sure the presser foot life is up when threading the machine as this will allow for the thread to pass through the tension disks.


How to Use the Machine Needle Threader


Loading Top Drop-in Bobbin



Changing the needle


Changing the needle position

Pressor feet


Presser Foot Tutorial (Changing presser foot)


Presser Foot Pressure


How to Use the Buttonhole Presser Foot


Darning and Freehand Embroidery Presser Foot Tutorial

Sewing Speed

Selecting from Available Stitches

Using the Machine Feed Dogs

Machine Maintenance and Troubleshooting


How to Sew 8 Common Seams

For additional guides and images, please refer to the machine manuals below:

Supported vs unsupported 3d prints

When a model has an overhang or bridge without being supported from below, you will more than likely need support.

Not all overhangs need support, overhangs built on an angle of LESS than 45 degrees can usually print without support.

When in doubt load your model into Cura and see if it will generate supports, if Cura does not place supports, then you should be able to print without support.


General Laser Cutting Guidelines
  • Material should be flat and on the approved list
  • Cut lines should be no closer than half the thickness of the material i.e. if your material is 0.25 inches thick, then your cut lines should be no closer than 0.125 inches
  • Do not cut on the edge of the material, leave a 0.125 inch border

Helix Mini Tutorial

  1. Download and open the “Helix Mini Template”. This template is set up for the Helix mini.
    • Artboard is set to the extent of the cutting bed.
    • Color space is set to RGB.
    • The color palette has laser-compatible color swatches. 
    • Either copy and paste your artwork onto the template or create your artwork directly in the template.
    • Place all artwork starting at the upper left corner of the artboard, this is the origin position for the laser cutter.
    • Save your document as a unique descriptive name.


Check the following attributes for each object on the artboard. 

A. Color-should be an RGB swatch included on the template.

B. Stoke Weight-should be 0.01 pt

C. Variable Width Profile-should be Uniform

D. Brush Definition-should be Basic

E. Opacity-should be 100%

To check the attributes select all objects on the artboard and check the corresponding field at the top of the document.


Once all objects have been checked proceed to the print dialogue.

Navigate to the print dialogue box clicking File>Print.


Once the print dialogue box appears click “Setup” in the lower left of the box.


Inside the Setup dialogue Box click preferences located on the right side of the box.


In the Printing Preferences dialogue box, check the box to the left of  “Auto Focus”.


Check the radio button to the left of  “Combined”.


In the “Piece Size (inches) box set “Horizontal” to 24 and  “Vertical” to 12.


In the “Raster Settings” box adjust “Speed” and “Power” and make sure “Engrave Direction” is set to “Bottom-Up”.

Note: Please use the settings listed on the material list. The list can be found on the wall next to the laser cutter as well as on the shop website under resources.


In the “Vector Settings” box adjust “Speed”, “Power”, and “Freq”.

Make sure “Vector Sorting” is checked and the drop-down menu next to it says “Optimize”.


Click “OK” at the bottom of the Printing Preferences dialogue box to save your changes.


Click “Print” in the Setup dialogue box.


Click “Done” in the Print dialogue box.

Note: Step 13 is a very important step, clicking “Done” will save all of the printing preferences to illustrator.


Once all objects have been checked, proceed to the print dialogue.

Navigate to the print dialogue box clicking File>Print.


Once the print dialogue box appears check that the “Document” and “Media” dimensions have changed to “24 in x 12 in”, then click “Print” in the lower right of the box.

The next steps will be on the laser cutter.


Place your material in the upper left-hand corner of the laser cutter bed.

  • Turn on the laser cutter.
  • Turn on the air compressor to the right of the laser cutter.
  • Turn on the BOFA filter under the laser cutter.
  • Close laser cutter lid.


Make sure your file name is displayed on the screen.

If your file name does not appear in the window using the up and down arrow keys to navigate to your file.


Press the green start button to begin your job.

Never leave the laser while a job is being run.

Wait one minute after the job finishes to allow fumes to dissipate.

Shut off the machine power, air compressor, and BOFA filter when finished.